Guyana Minister: Rum May be Fun, but Don't Glorify

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) - Guyana's top health official is urging
popular singers to stop soaking their lyrics in rum.

Health Minister Leslie Ramsammy says recent radio hits such as "Bring De Rum" and "Rum Till I Die" are undermining efforts to reduce alcohol abuse in Guyana.

The health ministry is conducting surveys to evaluate alcohol's influence on popular culture, including chutney, a style of dance music laced with Caribbean and East Indian rhythms.

Ramsammy said Saturday that he was not suggesting a ban on rum-drinking songs but called for artists to focus more on positive messages.

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